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Turning Your Hobby Into a Business

January 24, 2014

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AccountingFor most people, having a hobby is a way to enjoy a little spare time by ourselves in doing things that we really enjoy. In most cases, we get so much engrossed with what we are doing that we often forget time, as it quickly passes. We get so preoccupied by our hobbies that we end up getting much better with what we do, refining our skills. Eventually, people you know will notice your skills that they might even pay you to do what you do best. Hobbies start out as small activities that were primarily made to keep us occupied as in the case of kids in nursery or day care centers that spend half of their time playing and developing their skills. Some kids may become too bored that they may turn over to other things that might be of interest for them while other kids may spend hours and hours just being so fascinated on what they are doing.

Eventually, children will grow up and move on in finding other things that may entice them to pursue their chosen interests such as stamp collecting, butterfly collecting, scale model building and a whole other things that children commonly enjoy doing besides spending almost the whole day, playing video games. To some extent, playing on-line computer and video games are now even considered as a means of earning money. The concept works with building up your video game character, especially if it is a roll playing game (RPG) in which you continuously play, as you build up your characters points and items. Accumulating points, credits and even game items that you can trade off to other players for other items as well. It even has gotten to a point in where players with high ranking characters and premium items which they have collected were sold off or redeemed with actual money!

For other people, having a hobby is considered as a way of relaxing from the daily rigors of their normal jobs. hence, a way to unwind. It is not uncommon to see professionals such as doctors, lawyers and engineers to have other special skills besides what they do as a profession. Some of these professionals even have found the time to apply their special skills and hobbies and turned it to a profitable endeavor. Hobbies and skills are usually developed during the early stages of a person’s life in which some developmental behavioral researchers attribute to a person’s natural ability to solve problems through natural discernment. Researchers also added that not everybody has the same ability to find solutions to simple problems and that some people might even need to further find the need of asking solutions to simple questions.

Although researchers quickly said that it is not a basis of finding out a persons intelligence, analytical responses may vary from person to person as one might posses a high aptitude for mathematical problem solving but fall short on other aspects such as mechanical skills. People with high mathematical  skills often end up becoming computer analysts or accountants who often find the pleasure of dealing with numbers on a daily basis. For more tips on how to become an accountant, you can visit http://www.tipsforaccountants.com for more information.

People with a stronger inclination for having mechanical interests often end up as becoming skilled craftsmen. Oftentimes, these people earn most of their time from what they do best and the hobbies that started their interests in the first place. Most people who have developed their special skills from their hobbies and are applying them on a daily basis, do not consider their work as a struggle but actually find it enjoyable as they go about it with ease. Enjoying one’s work is simply the best aspect of earning from what you do best, and added that it brings out the best result in which people give credit to your skills.

When is it the best time to turn your hobby into something that you can really earn from? Time will be the answer to that as time will be the basis of how you can improve and refine your skills in regards to what you are doing. Getting more information in regards to your hobby can help you improve upon what you already know. New skills and methods on your hobbies are always being updated and there are a lot of helpful information floating around the Internet where you can update your skills. Learning from other people who have new ideas is always a good way to keep your skills on a competitive advantage.

How to know when you are ready to earn from your hobby? Well, you can find out from people around you who will personally tell you that you are doing a good job at what you do. You should also consider on some objective criticism that you may get from time to time from other people that are not really satisfied with the result of what you do. You should never consider a bad review of what you do as a negative thing, but you can use this feed back and improve from it, finding out the weak points of your skill or the products that you made. Improving through negative results will determine if you are really ready to show the world your skills.

Never ever think that you are too young or too old for that matter, to try and learn a new skill as life is a never ending process of learning. That old saying that goes “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks” is such an over stated phrase that it is not a practical ideology to go by. People are never too old to learn new things in life as your grand parents are never too old to start learning to use a computer. Learning new things is the basis of how we improve our lives on a daily basis. Your hobbies may never look anything profitable right now, but with a good amount of time and dedication, it might have the potential to become one of the most sought after product or services that people will be clamoring in the future and there is no better time to start improving on your skills than right now.

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OPTIONS FOR THOSE WITH THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME

November 26, 2013

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thoracicThoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) happens when the bundle of nerves and blood vessels that passes through the neck and collarbone gets pinched between to muscle groups in the shoulder. This can manifest in minor discomfort or excruciating pain, usually centered around the limbs that the nerve and blood vessel bundle feeds into.

Sometimes it can only be felt as a bit of numbness in the pinky and ring fingers, or an ache in the upper or lower arm, shoulder, or neck, sometimes even the back. Tingling and discoloration can occur too.

Moderate to extreme cases of TOS can seriously affect the patient’s quality of life, as it certainly limits the activities that one can engage in. Signing up for a gym membership, of joining a martial arts class, for example, must be carefully weighted and considered. A lot of women decide to forego having children as they fear that pregnancy might aggravate symptoms. And not only that, but the physicality of taking care of a baby and rearing a child may be too much for a body that suffers from thoracic outlet syndrome.

For those who suffer severely, only surgery can offer relief. For mild to moderate cases, some physical therapy is sufficient to address the symptoms. Physiotherapy treatments usually involve improving the posture, so that the least possible pressure is exerted on the neurovascular bundle. When patients learn to open up their chests when they’re walking and during their everyday activities, it loosens up the muscles in the neck and shoulder and minimizes the pinch that it makes on the nerves. Exercises that stretch out the nerves that run from the neck to the hand help a lot too.

If you live in Chicago, you can make a consultation at Piano Vein & Vascular to learn about treatment options.

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STRESS RELIEF

November 26, 2013

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stressThe best vein treatment you can give yourself is to simply not get stressed. When you’re stressed and tense, your veins and blood vessels get tense too, constricting and narrowing and ultimately causing you to have high blood pressure, not to mention one of the many types of anxiety disorders. All it takes is to breathe deeply and retreat into your mind for a few seconds. Notice how your breath shortens when you’re worried, and your body starts to wind up and coil around itself like a spring? You can get some much needed relief and release when you close your eyes and breathe in and breathe out, slowly. Concentrate on the air coming in and out of your lungs. Pretend that you’re breathing in bright, warm light and life when you inhale, and with every exhale, see in your mind that you are expelling all the darkness and negative emotions within you. Let go of your burdens and just be. Just breathe. Appreciate the beauty and calm that Southfield seems to have in abundance.

Another way you can help your cardiovascular system is to eat right and exercise regularly. A healthy and balanced diet with lots of vegetables and right fats in the right amounts will ensure that your arteries are free of clogs that could hinder efficient blood flow. Exercising, on the other hand, gets your heart working, which strengthens the cardiac muscles, and gets the blood pumping which allows it to circulate better, bringing much needed nutrients to the cells and bringing out excess water and other waste products. It doesn’t hurt that physical activity releases feel-good endorphins that help you relax and breathe easier.

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Information on your first visit to an Obygn

November 25, 2013

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UltraschalluntersuchungWhen it comes to your health smart choices have to be made. This includes a yearly visit to your doctor and in particular an obstetrician. This professional will advise you on matters that are in relation to your health in a general perspective. He or she will let you know the best times to have screening, testing procedures and diagnosis to assist in the maintenance of a healthy body. You can ask your gynecologist to be your obgyn just in case you are in need of one.

All women should visit their doctors once a year but the sad truth is that there is a misconception about the whole process. Most people are misinformed when it comes to the examinations and the options that are availed for management of particular conditions. A professional usually takes their time to assess your needs and they will provide a comfortable space for the discussion of your needs.

The visit usually focuses on the sexual health of a woman. A routine Pap smear test and a pelvic exam are performed and these appointments are relatively quick. A detailed discussion of these procedures is done by the professional and the procedures tend to have little or no discomfort for the patient. The purpose of these tests is to screen for cancers and to implement treatment at the earliest stage possible.

During the first visit your doctor may ask questions about you and about your family. Do not be offended as some of the questions might seem very personal. Your doctor needs to ask these questions so that he or she can better understand how to care for you and to keep you healthy. Giving honest answers to these questions is the key to your proper care.

It is important to know that whatever is discussed in your doctor’s office will remain confidential. A lot of young women are afraid that whatever they tell their doctor, the doctor will most likely tell their parents. If this is a concern then discuss it with your doctor before answering any questions.

Concerns about your period, weight, birth control or just anything that has its roots in sexuality can be discussed by a professional. A person who is competent will listen to your issues and they will be able to help you so that you can deal with these issues easily. Look for a doctor who is a very good listener to get the most efficient services.

You have to visit a professional if you are pregnant or if you see any signs of infection in the vaginal region. The symptoms might include pain, burning, itching or signs of blood. These need to be attended to by the professional in an efficient manner. Sever pain in the abdomen should be attended to immediately as it shows an indication of a severe problem.

If you have missed your period, you are on the pill or you just need a physical exam, it is very crucial that you make an appointment with an obgyn in phoenix. Making that first appointment might not be easy but it is the first step towards better health. Also remember to ask as many questions as possible to get the most effective treatment.

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Best Hairstyles for Thinning Hair

November 11, 2013

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Get the Best Looks, Even with Thin Hair

Thinning hair should not stop you from looking stylish. That is why we want to talk about some of the best hairstyles for thinning hair. Although there are many hairstyles out there, you may want to change up your look, from time to time, and we have a few great tips on how to make thin hair look thicker, even if it is in appearance only. Read on to learn more about the best hairstyles for thinning hair.

Best Hairstyles for Thinning Hair

There are several hairstyles out there for thinning hair. Many of them may rely on side-parts, lightly razored edges, clarifying shampoos designed for thinning hair, and more. You can find all the hairstyles that we talk about here in a variety of styles, lengths, and more. What is best of all is that many of these hairstyles are very popular right now, even with celebrities and more. Be sure to ask your stylist about other ways you can pump up your thinning locks. Not only can you learn how to make thin hair look thicker from them, but they may also have some great styling trick up their sleeve for your particular hair style, length, texture, and more.

Curls

Curls are fantastic because they add volume and lift to hair, making it appear fuller and thicker than it may actually be. This is one of the most versatile of hairstyles for thinning hair because curls can be used in any hairstyle, with any length hair, or on any cut to give it a fuller, more luscious appearance. Feel free to even experiment with curling irons, diffusers, or more yourself before you consider any drastic change to your hair (like a permanent) that always gives you curls. You may find that you only want curls some days, and on others you prefer your natural hair.

Bobs

Bobs and lobs (long bobs) are all the rage right now. This is in-part thanks to the many movies and television shows that are set in the 1920s era. Bobs look classic on nearly any shape of face, and work with nearly any kind of hair. You can even create a faux bob by using bobby pins to pin your hair up in the back. Bobs allow for more natural movement of hair, which, in turn, makes your hair appear fuller and thicker. You can even combine a bob with curls for an even greater boost in volume.

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My Personal Training Journey

November 4, 2013

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personaltrainingI decided to get personal training in my local area of Irvine. I decided to do this because I think it was time to start taking my weight loss seriously and I wasn’t making progress on my own. Although personal training does cost more than just a regular gym pass, I think it’s definitely worth it because it almost guarantees results. I found an excellent fitness center in Irvine called Next Level Fitness. They’ve been around for more than 10 years and they have some of the best trainers in Orange County.

My goal with my new personal trainer is to lose 20 lbs in the next two months, so 10 lbs a month. Not only will my personal trainer keep me motivated and show me the correct exercises to do, but also push me while I’m doing each exercise to make sure I do them completely. There are a lot of workout machines at the gym that I have no idea how to use and my trainer is definitely going to help me learn how to use them and which ones are the best ones to use. Of course he will also show me floor exercises and body exercises that don’t require any weights or machines. I’m really excited to learn these ones in particular because I’ll be able to do these at home also.

Additionally, he’s going to give me a meal plan so that I can make sure I eat healthy when I’m at home and when I’m at work. According to many resources on health and fitness, nutrition and diet is the most important factor to lose weight.

So why did I pick Next Level Fitness? I chose them, because they offered top of the line personal training in Irvine according to a recommendation from a really close friend who has been training there for six months. She said she really liked the facility and her trainer. She said she would definitely recommend that I go there, too. My friend is really into fitness and working out and she said that her trainer is the best trainer that she has ever had and went on and on about this place. How could I say no?

I am really excited to get started working out and beginning a new lifestyle. Being fit and healthy has a really big impact on your life more than just the way you look, but also the way you feel. When you work out a lot and exercise a lot you really feel great on the inside and have more energy levels throughout the day. I can’t wait to see the effect it has on me throughout my full working day and my energy level at night so that I can go out more. Not only that but I think it’s going to be really great for my health, too. Getting exercise, and especially with a personal trainer, will really make a difference in the long run for my health. Continuous exercise has proven to show a decrease in cholesterol levels, chance of getting diabetes, improved cardiovascular health, and obviously decrease risk of obesity (which I’m definitely trying to move awake from!). I can’t wait to get started and share my results with all of you.

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Repaying Your Student Loan: 7 Essential Tips You Should Know

October 26, 2013

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If you borrowed money to finance your college education, you are in good company. According to data from FICO, the average student owes educational financiers $27,253; a figure which represents a 58% rise since 2005. The following tips will come in handy as you prepare to repay your student loan. [...]

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European Scientists Insist GMO Debate not over Yet

October 25, 2013

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European unionThe European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility has come out to strongly criticize the assertion that genetically modified crops are now safe. This is after the biotech giants Syngenta and Monsanto were awarded the 2013 World Food Prize.

The coalition brings together over 90 academics, scientists and physicians. In a statement, the network seeks to address widespread claims in circulation purporting that the GMO debate is now over. [...]

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Augusta’s Master Plan for Revitalization

October 14, 2013

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Lee Epstein, attorney and land use planner working for sustainability in the mid-Atlantic region, recently discussed Augusta’s master plan for revitalization, on the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Staff Blog. Below is a summary and highlight of the key points covered. 

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The city of Augusta has many faces: some see the sweet green golf courses with fiendish sand traps, while others see it as their home, a heart of the South and third-largest city in the state.

Distressingly, the city has begun to lose its luster, in tune with many other great cities in the United States. These cities are fading due to a combination of empty downtown areas and an increase in suburban sprawl.

The neighborhoods could definitely do with some renovation. Not all is lost, however; the Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program has come up with intensive plans to revitalize this old Southern belle of a city.

The Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program (ASDIP) has paired up with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to use one of their challenge grants to revitalize Augusta and its empty neighborhoods. The project’s main goal is to upgrade Augusta, injecting sustainable economic development, enhanced transportation, and improved neighborhoods to bring the city back to life. The program is focused on results, not just plans.

regency mallThey hope to work wonders on Downtown Augusta – ranging from the 4.5 mile long Dean’s Bridge Road, to the Regency Mall and through the neighborhoods near the rail yards. Like many malls in America, Regency Mall slowly faded and then died, becoming an abandoned relic. With the ASDIP program in place, it would become a village center, while the neighborhoods leading to the mall would offer the basic amenities needed to sustain a bustling community. These would include farmer’s markets, grocery stores, medical clinics, and small restaurants – all the ingredients needed to create a successful neighborhood. During the rebuilding process, they will also add some mixed-unit and higher density housing, though older neighborhoods will likely remain untouched.

Another large focus of the project would be transportation. Without accessibility, the revitalized sections would never flourish. Many elderly or mid-to-lower income residents don’t have cars or do not drive, so a renewed public transport system will be required to ferry them to the rejuvenated sections of Augusta. The program will also create better walking areas, with repaved sidewalks and more sitting areas in shady sections, as well as pedestrian walkways and crossing areas. Bike lanes will also be implemented and made safer.

The hub of the transport reform would be a new transit center to replace an old bus transfer station. At the same time, a nearby building will be rebuilt to become a pedestrian shopping and commercial village.

They hope to improve the number of parks and playgrounds, as well as renew previously existing ones. The program looks to acquire more land for public parks in strategic neighborhood locations, as well as improve storm water management and other green projects. The public areas would be enriched by public art and mixed-use centers for everyone, creating a welcoming, friendly neighborhood feeling.

Most impressively, this project has been meticulously planned for and articulated, with required costs enumerated and accounted for. Specific proposals have also been evaluated, together with potential funding sources – both public and private. The Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program members appear to have spared no effort to make this program successful, identifying all possible ways of fulfilling their plans for urban development as well as managing vacant housing. All in all, this project stands to be one of Augusta’s best chances for revitalization – restoring its former glory as well as propelling it towards the future.

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Five In-Demand Jobs that do not Require a College Degree

October 2, 2013

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In today’s society, you might think that a college degree is required in order to land a great job. But college just isn’t in the cards for some of us. We don’t have the time, the money, or the mindset. If you are one of these people, don’t lose hope! There are plenty of great jobs out there that do not require a college degree.

The majority of all working-class individuals in the United States (as of 2013) do not hold a college degree. Does this surprise you? These people aren’t just delivering pizza or driving garbage trucks. In fact, 30% of these people earn more money than college grads. With diligence and dedication, it is very possible to have a rewarding career without spending all that money on tuition. Based on projected job growth and salary, here are the top five jobs that do not require a college degree:

#5 – Dry Wall Taper

wall taperIf you like to be on your feet and use your hands, this might be a good job for you. A dry wall taper prepares walls for paint after they have been installed. This vocation doesn’t require a high school diploma, an apprenticeship, or a technical degree. You can simply learn the trade from experienced workers. The construction industry is expected to grow as the economy improves. The average salary for a dry wall taper is $45,490. Keep in mind that you will be working in a construction environment and will have to deal with the elements, dangerous materials, and loud noises.

 #4 – Electrician

An electrician is someone humanity will always need, especially considering how technology is advancing. The average salary for these guys is $48,250. Electricians work in all types of buildings from private apartments to offices to stadiums. The more gadgets we develop, the more we need people who know how to fix them. Although you won’t need a college degree to be an electrician, you will need to go through an apprenticeship – but you get paid while you learn! Because you are working with electricity, there is always the rare danger of electrocution.

#3 – Commercial Pilot

If you’re not afraid of heights and have good eyesight, consider becoming a pilot. Although airlines have suffered recently, they are projected to add 6,900 jobs by 2020. The average salary for a commercial pilot is $67,500 (that’s $26,000 more than the average full-time employee). The only requirement for this profession is a commercial pilot’s license and some time at a local flight school. Although many airlines prefer pilots with two- or four-year degrees, it is very possible to become a respected commercial pilot with experience and a pilot’s license. The downside is that you will be away from home a lot as you bounce from city to city.

#2 – Brickmason/Blockmason

brick-masonThe average brickmason earns $46,930 each year. By 2020, the workforce is projected to grow by over 36,000 individuals. With our rapidly increasing population, there is always a need for new hospitals, schools, and homes. Brickmasons are craftsmen who work for construction contractors. Growing urban areas are where they see the most business. Brickmasons are expected to complete a paid apprenticeship lasting three or four years. They will also pick up skills on the job from more experienced workers. Just like any construction job, masons are exposed to the weather along with dangerous materials and loud noises. Make sure to wear your helmet!

#1 – Pile-Driver Operator

Are you a high school grad good with machines? Pile-driver operators make 19% more money than the US average. With on-the-job training, you can become a pile-driver operator in no time. The average salary for this profession is $47,860. In this job, you might work on oil rigs, cranes, barges, or skids. Using large machines, you will drive construction supports deep into the ground. If you’re interested in this job, look towards Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Demand for pile-driver operators is expected to grow nearly three times the rate of all other US jobs in upcoming years. This job may be a little more dangerous than the average job, but if you like to use big machines and work outside, it might just be the perfect job for you.

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Health Insurance Tips for the Self-Employed

September 8, 2013

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self-employedBeing self-employed has lots of perks. You get to choose your own hours, hire whomever you want, and be your own boss. The downside is that your job doesn’t provide health insurance.  And if you own a small business, you’re probably too busy to even think about health insurance!

Most self-employed individuals just don’t have health insurance. The last thing you want is for a medical emergency to impede your flourishing new business. You need to have a backup plan in case of an emergency that involves you, your family, or injuries that may put your business at risk.

If you are currently uninsured and looking for health insurance, make sure to shop around first and consider all your options. Ask other business owners for advice. You can use the Internet to compare rates and find trusted licensed agents (like eHealthInsurance.com).

Assistance for workers who are retrenched or in career transition

If your self-employment stemmed from being laid off, there is another option available to you. COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) is a federal program that allows individuals to temporarily extend the insurance they had through previous employment (at their own cost). The federal government offers a 65% subsidy for COBRA premiums, making this a great option for many. COBRA is most attractive to those with pre-existing medical conditions that make it hard for them to qualify for coverage in other programs.

Look out for rate guarantees and tax deductions

When you decide to buy private health insurance, remember that the insurance company may increase your monthly premiums once in awhile. To protect yourself from this trick, look for a “rate guarantee.” Licensed health insurance agents can give you advice on which company to use and help you understand all the little details. Some companies offer to lock in your rate for a certain period of time if you pay a “small fee” each month. Do the math before you sign to ensure that you are actually saving money.

Some states allow qualified self-employed individuals to deduct health insurance premiums on their federal tax returns. There are rules to follow – make sure to ask a tax professional if you have any questions. Remember that you can’t deduct any money during any period of time in which you were eligible to participate in a health insurance plan sponsored by another employer.  A tax professional can also teach you about all the different types of self-employment statuses in your state and the associated tax implications.

Health Savings Account

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a good idea for many self-employed individuals. This account is set up with an HSA-eligible health insurance program. Compared to other plans, HSAs usually have high deductibles and low monthly premiums. With an HSA, you can deposit some of your pre-tax income into a savings account so that it can earn tax-free interest. You can use then that money to pay for medical expenses like copayments and deductibles. The money you don’t use builds up tax-free year by year.

No matter what type of health insurance you end up purchasing, make sure to speak with a health insurance agent and a tax professional so that you save as much money as possible. With a good health insurance program and peace of mind, you will have more time to focus on what’s really important: your business.

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